Is your child crazy about Space and Space Exploration? Once a kid gets the space bug, sometimes it’s difficult to get him or her interested in anything else. No worries! Here are a few of the very best books written about Space, especially for children. After all, the Space Bug isn’t something you want to cure — you want to encourage it!
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The night sky can be fascinating — and even more so when you know what you’re looking at. Get your kid off on the right foot with one of these terrific guides to the night skies.
Exploring the Night Sky: The Equinox Astronomy Guide for Beginners
Night Sky Star Wheel
Space, Stars, and the Beginning of Time: What the Hubble Telescope Saw
A Child’s Introduction to the Night Sky: The Story of the Stars, Planets, and Constellations–and How You Can Find Them in the Sky
Super Stars: The Biggest, Hottest, Brightest, and Most Explosive Stars in the Milky Way
See the Stars: Your First Guide to the Night Sky
These books about the solar system start your kids off close to home, with fascinating information about our earth and the planets closest to us.
13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System
Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities
Beyond: A Solar System Voyage
Far-Out Guide to Earth
Don’t Know Much About the Solar System
Our Solar System (revised edition)
Mysterious Universe: Supernovae, Dark Energy, and Black Holes
Supernovae, Black Holes, and Dark Matter are fascinating stuff, and this book provides an excellent introduction, as well as a good treatment of what professional astronomers actually do. Recommended for readers in Grades 5 to 7.
No less fascinating than Space are the men and women who study it. These biographies about people in the world of astronomy and space travel will be fascinating for young readers.
Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story
Women Astronomers: Reaching for the Stars
Neil, Buzz, and Mike Go to the Moon
Reaching for the Moon
Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities
Stephen Hawking: Breaking The Boundaries Of Time And Space
If you’re going to study space, you’ve just got to have a good reference shelf. These books will get your child off to a good start.
Planets, Stars, and Galaxies: A Visual Encyclopedia of Our Universe
Atlas of the Universe
The Kingfisher Space Encyclopedia
Honestly, this book sounded so delightful I just ordered a copy to read for myself. 12-year-old Liam has hit a growth spurt, and now often can pass for an adult, which is how he ends up on a space flight as the “adult chaperone” of a group of kids. (Frank Cottrell Boyce is also the author of Millions and Framed, both of which were made into charming movies.)